Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Spain 'goes nuclear' on Catalonia

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

Civil rights leader Al Sharpton says Trump 'channels' racism

Read more

THE DEBATE

Moment of truth: Spain sets in motion direct rule over Catalonia

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

Must it come down? Market analysts bracing for correction

Read more

FOCUS

Italian regions of Lombardy and Veneto to vote on autonomy

Read more

THE POLITICAL BRIEF

France considers tough new laws to crack down on sexual harassment

Read more

ENCORE!

Inside the new Yves Saint Laurent museum in Morocco

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

California: When your home is reduced to ashes

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

#balancetonporc: Sexual harassment and gender inequality in France

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

An overview of the stories making the French and international newspaper headlines. From Monday to Friday live at 7.20 am and 9.20 am Paris time.

Latest update : 2012-01-27

François Hollande: Saviour of the French or Nemesis of the Rich?

Today's French papers are dominated by coverage of Socialist candidate François Hollande's 60-point election programme. Le Monde praises his productive and prudent policies needed to restore public services. But Le Figaro says it is a tax-boosting left-wing manifesto in which he will balance the books on the backs of the rich.

Le Monde lavishes François Hollande with plaudits, praising his 60-point programme for its progressiveness and its prudence. 

It's not at all what the country needs for the economy, says Le Figaro. In a front-page editorial, it says the Socialist candidate is trying to balance the books on the backs of the wealthy and the middle classes. 

True, admits Liberation, he will raise taxes, but they will help to revive social services that have long been undermined by successive conservative governments. 

So what is the incumbent, President Nicolas Sarkozy, doing as the media spotlight shines for days on his rival? Well, as Le Parisien points out, he has yet to announce whether he is even running, but he is sending out "the heavyweights"

One such proxy warrior is Foreign Minister Alain Juppé, with whom Hollande debated on French television Thursday night. Le Parisien's verdict: "Hollande took him apart."

By Kyle G. Brown

COMMENT(S)

Archives

2017-10-19 Xi Jinping

Russia's 'Paris Hilton' launches 2018 presidential bid

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Thursday, October 19: We take a look at reactions to Xi Jinping's speech at the Communist Party's congress. Also, Donald Trump is embroiled in a scandal...

Read more

2017-10-19 France

Space kitty: Should Félicette, the first cat in space, get her own statue?

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS - Thursday, October 19: France braces for a new day of protests as the country's main union leads demonstrations against Emmanuel Macron's labour and tax...

Read more

2017-10-18 photography

Wildlife Photographer awards highlight effects of poaching, plastic pollution

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Weds. October 18: The Chinese papers are giddy with excitement over the 19th Communist Party congress. Also, the Islamic State group loses control of its...

Read more

2017-10-18 France

'In Marie's name': Elle magazine takes a stand on domestic violence

IN THE FRENCH PAPERS, Weds. October 18: The 19th Chinese Communist Party congress is underway in what some call the "Superbowl" of Chinese politics. This as President Xi Jinping...

Read more

2017-10-17 Malta

'Black day for democracy': Malta in mourning after top journalist is murdered

IN THE WORLD PAPERS - Tuesday, October 17: It's a “black day” for democracy, the Maltese papers announce after one of its most prominent investigative journalists is murdered. In...

Read more